Guy Carbonneau was inducted in 2019. His induction is virtually unprecedented as Carbonneau has probably the worst offensive stats of any forward inducted to the HOF to have played since the league expanded in 1968. (Bob Gainey would be the only other forward in the Hall with comparable offensive numbers.)
Of course, Carbonneau is not in because of his offense. He’s in because of his three Selke trophies and numerous Top 5 Selke voting finishes.
So, does he belong? And what kind of precedent does he set for the Hall of Fame going forward? Listen to us talk about him here:
Jack Adams is an obvious Hall of Famer, the only person to win the Stanley Cup as a player, a coach and a GM, and that Jack Adams, he of the NHL’s Coach of the Year award. But was he really a Hall of Fame player?
Joe Nieuwendyk as an elite goal-scoring centre who transitioned into one of the great two-way forwards of his era. But did he really deserve his Conny Smythe Trophy? If he didn’t, what does that do to his Hall of Fame case?
Listen to us talk about Nieuwendyk here:
Warning! This episode contains an extremely hot take about Nieuwendyk’s Conn Smythe.
Mats Sundin was inducted into the Hall of Fame very quickly. But there’s controversy over his induction because, unlike many Hall of Famers, Sundin’s case is one built on a consistency argument, not a “peak” or greatness argument.
Every year, Daniel Alfredsson’s name comes up on a list of eligible players for the Hockey Hall of Fame, due to his career games and points. There is great disagreement as to whether or not he belongs.